President George W. Bush stunned the nation today as he endorsed Barack Obama. Polls show a precipitous drop for Obama and John McCain is now predicted to win the election by a landslide.
Bush spoke highly of Obama this morning at a diner in Texas: "He talks real good and has some interesting ideas. I think if we could just sit down over some barbecue, we'd see eye to eye." White House spokeswoman Dana Perino defended Bush, noting that Obama "is really quite captivating. The President kinda has a crush on him."
The Barack Obama campaign, normally composed and consistent, gave a wide variety of responses to the news. Campaign guru David Axelrod stayed on message, saying that Obama rejects the Bush endorsement. Some members of the campaign team said they were happy about the endorsement. Late in the day, Obama himself had a compromising message: "I respect President Bush for his service to our country, but he's been a terrible President and we need change."
The John McCain campaign team seemed nonplussed by the situation. Sarah Palin said she still supports the President and knows that "in his heart, he stills supports us. Or at least he wants to see me nude like everyone else does." McCain was seen snickering with some of his lobbyist operatives out behind the campaign jet over a couple of bottles of expensive champagne.